The Ajumako-Enyan-Essiam District Assembly will embark on an aggressive mobilisation of Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to aid development, the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Ransford Kwesi Nyarko, has assured.
He said the assembly would leave no stone unturned in its renewed drive to shore up revenue, which had been negatively hit by the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020, to drive the district’s development.
“In the absence of very sustainable inflows of your IGF, then your main source of funding becomes difficult. We are hoping to expand other areas that we have not been doing well in terms of property rates,” he said.
"We will also focus on temporary structures such as containers and kiosks and all qualified businesses”.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), Mr Nyarko said the assembly’s IGF had dipped while the District Assemblies Common Fund was not forthcoming as expected, hence the revenue mobilisation drive.
“We are praying that the Omicron doesn’t affect us. If it does, then businesses would be affected and it would be very difficult to insist on collecting tolls when you know the business is suffering,” he said.
In spite of the challenges, Mr Nyarko said the assembly managed to chalk up some successes under his leadership within the last four years.
Against all odds, he said, the assembly was able to embark on multifaceted development in accordance with its four-year development plan.
“Among our key achievements, we inaugurated a 400-bed girls’ dormitory for Bisease Senior High School to close the huge deficit we have in students accommodation," he said.
A six-unit classroom block for Abaasa Senior Technical School was built to help reduce the number of schools studying under trees, he said. -